REPORTS TO: Lead Career Allies
Location: Works out of Indianapolis or Fort Wayne office
The Career Ally works within their community to specifically help individuals with autism to seek, find, and sustain meaningful employment, while simultaneously providing employers with education and support. The relationship between a participant and their employer is crucial to long-term employment success, therefore, the Career Ally will spend time getting to know the individual to better guide them in their job search, and get to know the employer to assist in communication with the employee.
It is our mission at ASI to support individuals on the autism spectrum at all points in their lives and not wait until they reach adulthood. We believe there is a need to encourage these individuals to follow their dreams and passions, and the Career Ally guides them toward those goals.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Career Ally is responsible for working with individuals affected by autism who are looking for meaningful employment by providing comprehensive, coordinated, effective, efficient, and accountable services needed by individuals with autism to prepare for, enter, engage in and retain employment consistent with each individual’s strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities and informed choice. Other responsibilities include:
- Work with the Career Ally team to ensure support provided to participants is person-centered and individualized based on their unique skills, talents, and goals.
- Provide employment support to individuals through discovery, workplace assistance, on the job coaching, etc.
- Provide skills assessments and inventories, identify training needs and work to develop those needed skills.
- Outreach to potential employers to build relationships for hiring and support purposes.
- Tracking contact information within the ASI database
- Monthly reporting
Required Experience and Skills
Education: Associates degree or Bachelor’s degree preferred
Experience / Work History
- 2 or more years of experience providing employment support, job coaching, training, and related activities
- Experience working with individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities
- Experience with job skills training for people with autism or other developmental disabilities
- Demonstrated ability to develop person-centered plans with measurable outcomes
- Experience with application and hiring process
- High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office (SharePoint experience preferred)
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to manage program budgets
- Strong organizational skills
- Strong time management skills
Preferred Experience and Skills
- Personal connection to someone with autism or other developmental disability
- Experience working in the non-profit sector
- Experience with Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation
- Connections with businesses hiring individuals with disabilities
The IDEAL candidate will possess the following:
- A strong connection to the mission and vision of ASI.
- A personal connection with autism.
- Ability to work with families of individuals with autism from culturally diverse socio-economic groups.
- Ability to handle confidential information and keep accurate records
- Ability to work independently
- A sense of humor
- Humility, empathy, compassion, and passion
- Willingness to learn new things.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
- Ability to “connect the dots”.
- Strong organizational and time management skills
Other Key Information:
Physical Requirements: Minimal lifting, driving to/from meetings.
- Must be willing to be on call and work some evenings and weekends.
- Must have access to a reliable automobile.
- Must provide own mobile phone and Windows or Macintosh computer.
- Must be willing to travel outside of local area for employment support and meetings.
- Must be willing to attend quarterly meetings at the Indianapolis home office.
- Must be willing to provide unbiased information to individuals and families regardless of personal opinions about interventions, providers, schools, etc.
ASI currently does not provide any health or related benefits. E
mployees are provided the ability to have a “flex” schedule, and receive paid holidays and personal time off (PTO).
If you are unable to access the online application, you may email your resume and cover to firstname.lastname@example.org
No phone calls please.